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Saturday, June 06, 2009:
Book Watch alert: "Mating Game" by Janice Maynard

Mating Game

A July 2009 release

Nola Grainger needs a man...and fast. Her grandmother has left her everything in her will, with one small catch: Nola has to be married within a month. But if she's going to get married, she wants it to last. And for her, that means finding a man with as much passion as she has—who can take care of every desire, every day.

Nola finds three prime candidates: her high school sweetheart Billy, hard-dealing businessman Marc, and sexy handyman Tanner. Trying out three very different—and very desirable—men proves to be more fun than Nola imagined. But she never thought it might prove fatal.

Because someone in town is dead set against Nola sticking around. And with three new men in her bed, the danger might be closer than she thinks...

How do you feel about the heroine having multiple lovers?



  1. honestly... YUK ! I'm really not into heroines (or heroes) having multiple partners. Probably because I can't relate to them. I need sex and love to go together.It's a good thing there are romances for every taste.

  2. I'm not nearly as uncomfortable with that than I am with the tired (and legally unsound) plot of "making someone marry in their will." I'm pretty sure people can't actually put that in their wills and testaments anymore, and it's such a ridiculous plot device.

    I honestly don't know what to think about a woman taking three lovers. I'd be VERY uncomfortable if this was a story where they were all in bed at the same time, but otherwise, eh. From what I can gather from the blurb, however, it doesn't factor very well into the heroine's favour - she's essentially using three guys to get money, and eventually two of them are going to end up shafted. At least from the blurb, it doesn't make the heroine look very sympathetic.

  3. I don't have a problem with this as long as no one is married.

  4. I'm interested in this book, I'm intrigued by the fact that she has 3 partners. One of my favorite books, Skye O'Malley by Bertrice Small, the heroine had multiple partners.
    I just bought a Hint of Wicked, by Jennifer Haymore, in which the heroine has 2 partners.

  5. I just can't do it. I'm like Emmanuelle, I just can't relate to that. I'm also way to realistic/practical. All I can think about is how unsafe that could be. Being practical can really ruin a fun book.

  6. that's the same cover than Mouth to mouth from McCarthy .
    Hopefully this book will be much better than McCarthy....

  7. I'm pretty sure people can't actually put that in their wills and testaments anymore...

    I agree AnimeJune. And I think if somone did it would be very easy to get it overturned.

    I'm not sure how I'd feel about doesn't sound like my sort of book anyway. However, putting that aside, I think if the heroine was honest to all three men that she was seeing each of them, I could live with it. But if she hadn't told them then that's a lie of ommission! And while I know it's not how everyone sees it, I'm one of those people who needs sex and love to be linked.

  8. I don't really like it. It's not really a moral judgement as much as I just like seeing one heroine with one hero/

  9. Emmanuelle, I thought the same thing 5-10 years ago. I'm trying to be more open-minded, especially because I usually like Janice's books, but I think the short time frame to choose one of the men is kinda icky.

    AnimeJune, I agree that in a contemporary especially, it's so not believable, and that's a frustrating plot device to try and read through. We'll see how this one goes. Doesn't sound so romantic, does it? Very curious to see what Janice does with it.

    Estella, that's what I'm telling myself. I see this more and more common in real life where women have 2 or 3 different lovers, no commitment, and they're enjoying themselves. I wonder how it will translate in a romance novel.

    Mari, I read Skye O'Malley years ago, and it never bothered me then. I did like "A Hint of Wicked" and considering the circumstances, it totally worked for me.

    Shannon, I can relate in a way. I feel weird that it's 3 guys during one month. 6 months would be more believable and I think I'd be completely fine with it. We'll see how it goes...

    Pidute, LOL, I love Erin McCarthy, and I think MtoM was one of my faves. I do like the cover...

    Orannia, I am rather old-fashioned when it comes to my books, so it's hard to imagine, but I'm going to read it with an open mind.

    Kristie, that's the struggle I have. I don't mind if the heroine is experienced, but to see her bedding 3 different men at different times (vs. the erotic romance where you know pretty much anything goes) is going to be tough. I like the idea of just the h/hn most of the time. That's my idea of romance.

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